Bundy Not Suing Feds Yet Despite Case With ‘Makings Of Greatness’

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The family of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has been approached in recent weeks by several “well known, highly effective” lawyers offering free legal services, but has so far decided against taking any legal action against the government, according to a statement obtained by Gawker and published Tuesday.

“The Bundy family has been approached many times by well known, highly effective lawyers from all over the country offering their services free of charge,” the statement said. “This case, they say; ‘has the makings of greatness’. [sic] The crimes and civil rights violations committed by the BLM are a lawyers playground.”

The statement, which Gawker reports was sent to Bundy supporters, gives two reasons for the decision.

“First, is simply because we have not felt impressed to do so,” the statement says. “We understand that as humans we are limited to knowledge and understanding. We believe that the creator of this world possesses all knowledge and understanding. We also know that if we seek this knowledge he will share it with us. Until recently, legal action has shown no benefit to this cause. The second, is time based, the people expected Sheriff Gillespie and Governor Sandoval to take action.”

The statement does say, however, that with “a sense of sadness and duty” the family is “assembling a team of legal advisers and will be seeking the wisest action in assisting the PEOPLE in re-establishing individual protection through government.” The statement ends by urging supporters to call local officials and tell them to put pressure on Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie “to protect the people.” Several dozen Bundy supporters have filed reports with Gillespie’s office against Bureau of Land Management agents.

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